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Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,240 ratings  ·  323 reviews
You wouldn’t expect Nate and Charlie to be friends. Charlie’s the laid-back captain of the basketball team, and Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. But they are friends, however unlikely—until Nate declares war on the cheerleaders. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms—but not both.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by First Second
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”Chainsaws, People, We need chainsaws!”

How could I not fall in love with this story? :D

Cheerleaders with deadly dagger stares and attitudes, killer robots, and dirty political shenanigans make Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong a fun, fast moving page turner. But it is the open-wound ache and tenderness to this tale that makes it stand out from the graphic novel pack. A story with huge heart thumping away on every page, slam, *CRASH*, and smile.

Charlie Nolan and Nate Harding are embedded in a fight t...more
First Second Books
May 15, 2013 First Second Books marked it as first-second-publications
I love this book!

Do you sometimes sit back and think, while you're struggling through the latest Unnamed Literary Award-Winner, what's this reading all about? Why did I decide to like it in the first place?

It typically isn't because at age ten you sat down and read Moby Dick and fell in love. No, love of reading typically comes from places like Nancy Drew and Sideways Stories from Wayside School and The Westing Game and a multitude of adventures in Oz and books that take you on an adventure and...more
It's THE NERDS vs THE CHEERLEADERS in an epic battle that will decide who gets to spend the student activity funds. Will it be money for the robotics team OR saucy new uniforms for the rah-rah squad?

You can probably guess where my sympathies lie, but when the two groups must form an unholy alliance and WORK TOGETHER to win a battle-of-the-robots competition, it's a WIN/WIN for everyone, reader included.

The artwork is great. Characters are well-drawn, and even the robots have great facial expres...more
Nerds. Jocks. Cheerleaders. Epic battle. Sounds like your typical high school story, right? Enter the killer robots!*

I knew there was a high propinquity** that I would like this because I loved Faith Erin Hicks' Friends with Boys (my review / Noelle's review) and Prudence Shen's /report podcast is a must listen in my book club.*** After flying through the first 50 or so pages on the official website, I ended up breaking my months-long NetGalley ban to request it. And it was totally worth it.

In my continuing attempts to read absolutely everything that Faith Erin Hicks has ever written or illustrated, I picked up a copy of Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. And then my brain exploded.

Partly, this was because while I already knew I loved one of the two authors, I sort of fell over in a state of total collapse when I realized that my God, Prudence Shen is Pru? PRU FROM /REPORT?! RAGEPRUFROCK?! I READ THE SHIT OUT OF YOUR FANFIC!! YOURS AND LEUPAGUS AND OMFG YOU HAVE A BOOK I CAN’T EVEN.

If you want to get me to read “fluffy” contemporary and enjoy it, give it to me in a graphic novel. Because let me tell you folks, Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks have managed to take a good old TV trope, wrap it up in graphic novel format, and have it be the most fun I’ve had reading in some time. It has school rivalries, unexpected friendships, some very real teen-parent struggles, and gnomes:

Okay, so I’ll admit Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is kind of ideal for us geek girls, but it’s also...more
Sweet realistic story about friends and neighbors who find themselves in different cliques in high school. This becomes a problem when the administration threatens to give the robotics club's $$$ to the cheerleaders.

It's a plot-based book - most of the characters are pretty utilitarian and flat - but it's super engaging and fun to read. A quick pulpish read. I was pleased that the plot didn't go exactly where I expected it to, and the climactic scenes were my favorite part. There's a surprise m...more
Yet another work that pits nerds against cheerleaders. I should be over this sort of thing. And honestly, most of the time, I am. Luckily, Shen takes a slightly different track here. Yes, the book does start off with cheerleaders vs. nerds. But Shen's cheerleaders are smart, formidable, and ruthless in precisely equal measure to the nerds. These cheerleaders are going to be powerful women. And that, I think, is at least part of the point of Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. Yes, the robot action is...more
So much fun and very, very funny. The perfect read for when you're looking for a light, quick hijinks story, with badass ladies that's also full of warmth and humor. Oh and epic bro feels. Who doesn't want those?
Hilarious and adorable. Highly enjoyable, review to come.
You wouldn’t expect Nate and Charlie to be friends. Charlie’s the laid-back captain of the basketball team and Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. But they are friends, until Nate declares war on the cheerleaders. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms, but not both. It's only going to get worse: after both parties are stripped of their funding on grounds of abominable misbehavior, Nate enrolls the club's robot in...more
I have enjoyed Faith Erin Hicks' graphic novels before and was looking forward to this latest release. Hicks' artwork always draws me into the story and really brings her characters to life. The story behind this book is that of Charlie, a boy who is the captain of the basketball team, former boyfriend of head cheerleader and mean-girl Holly and sort of a quiet laid back kind of guy. So when his friend and neighbor Nate tries to run for student council to save the budget of the robotics team, th...more
Nicola Mansfield
Absolutely wonderful high school story. One of the most refreshing school stories I've read lately. Manages to take a genuine, real look at high school life and issues without resorting to s*xual topics at all. Bravo, Ms Shen! The story of Nerds vs Cheerleaders with a misplaced Jock stuck between is hilarious making a deliciously fun story. At the same time, we are given a much more serious look at one character's problematic home life with divorced parents, a never-home dad and a mom living far...more
Tara Anderson
Cheerleaders, a robotics team, and a school election? Oh. Do tell me more.

Nate and Charlie have been best friends since grade school, even though they are social opposites. Nate is the geeky president of the robotics team, while Charlie is the captain of the basketball team. When Nate hatches a plan to run for school president to ensure funding for the robotics team, he expects Charlie to be on his side -- not to run against him! The cheerleaders have forced Charlie to run so the extra money wil...more
I read this book one page a day, Monday-Friday, for almost 8 months. On holidays, sometimes there would be bonus pages, but for the most part, I experienced this story in tiny segments over a long period of time. There's something that is really fun and feels secret and special about reading something in that sort of way, like you're getting a peak at a never-before-seen exotic paradise. On the other hand, it can be hard to sustain the emotional thread over such a long period of time. I'd like t...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Got to say that after reading Friends with Boys, I'm pretty much going to try to read what other works that author does, did. This is one of them and it is awesome. This has robots, the robot club and cheerleaders. Some bromance, priceless expressions during awkward moments. Hilarity ensues. Really good and cute read that I want a sequel but like the ending either way.
Angela (:
I picked this up because my brother had borrowed it from the library, and believe me, I'm so glad I did.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is one of the cutest and funnest (funnest?) graphic novels I've ever read. It's hard to put down once you start.

I loved the characters, the artwork, the story; in other words, EVERYTHING.

AND ROBOTS. WITH CHAINSAWS. You can't deny robots with chainsaws. YOU CANNOT. The robot competition was so fun to read. The illustrations. Gah, I loved this book so much.

María José
Have you ever tried to do the impossible? In the graphic novel, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks, two completely opposite worlds in high school exist. There is the world of Charlie Nolan, the relaxed captain of the basketball team. And the world of Nate Harding, the ambitious president of the robotics club. Nate and Charlie are neighbors and their two worlds collide. One day a bad thing happens and they have to work together to help save the robotics club’s and...more
Judy Booe
Charlie is the captain of the basketball team and should have the world in his pocket but he is caught in the middle of a feud between Nate, the president of the robotics club, and his ex-girlfriend Holly, the lead cheerleader. This unlikely mix of students joins forces after their feuding and pranks go too far, dashing their hopes of getting what they want – new outfits for the cheerleaders and payment for a trip to the robotics competition. By putting their personal vendetta’s aside and pullin...more
This was an enjoyable read. The story is about Charlie and Nate, two neighbors who are thrown together in a "friendship" of convenience. Charlie is a jock and Nate is a nerd, a belligerent one at that. Nate declares war with the cheerleading squad over funding for a robot competition--the cheerleaders want that funding for new uniforms. The school administrators decide to let the student council decide how the money will be spent, and so begins a war. Nate decides to run for Student Council pres...more
I worship at the feet of Faith Erin Hicks and I will read anything that she illustrates and writes. This is the second book of hers that I've read where she's just the illustrator, and not the writer and like the other one it isn't half as good as her actual original pieces of works. (I.E. Friend's with Boys.) However, that doesn't mean this one isn't enjoyable. The art is of course, flawless and endearing and the plot and characters were fun. (There were also the obligatory fred and george copy...more
Peter Derk
Good story. Excellent art. This is a great choice for folks looking for something for a reader who has a good sense of humor but wants to avoid questionable content. There is one reference to donkey sex. Written in giant letters with weed killer on a football field. However, because it's in the book, it's really only like size 24 font. So it kind of evens out.

The plot revolves around a robot fighting tournament. Remember that show from a few years back? Where a couple remote-controlled robots wo...more
This is a story about two groups of kids, the Robotics Club and the Cheerleaders, competing with each other to get funding from the school. Charlie, the main character, is friends with the President of the Robotics Club and has recently been dumped by the head cheerleader. He is caught in the middle of the fight to win the funding for one of the two groups.

The characters are funny and actually seem like teenagers. Charlie is a cool character because he is the Captain of the basketball team but h...more
I have beef with YA graphic novels.

They don't have the length to effectively deal with the issues they raise, so even when the art is downright lovely, the narrative can suffer simply because it's playing second fiddle to that art. This isn't the ur-example, but it is an example regardless. You close the title just wanting more. You want more out of the two leads, more of the budding romance at the end, more resolution with the parents, and more out of the hilariously-menacing cheerleaders. In...more
Cute, fun, quick read with wide appeal. I mean, it has this adorable crush thing just blossoming adorably in the background, but it also has ROBOTS. With CHAINSAWS. In fights to the ROBODEATH. And nerds and jocks and people who are both and neither, and swoon and family drama and dude, so many things. Love.
Remember the John Hughes teen films of the 1980s? Anyone? Bueller? The underdog teen from a loser clique, the group of rich mean teens from the popular clique (usually including jocks and cheerleaders), the one nice popular teen in angst because he likes someone from the unpopular group, the overbearing principal, and family drama: these are the same elements used in the graphic novel Nothing Can Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks.

Limited school funds at Hollow Ridge High School lead...more
Sep 08, 2014 Kimi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics, ya
This was really cute. I find with most standalone graphic novels like this, they're never long enough, but this one seemed to be just the right length for the story it wanted to tell. I liked the story of the popular kids and the geeks working together for the same goal and learning to deal with one another. I felt that the story of Charlie's parents' divorce was just enough for the book. If they went into any more detail about it, the story would have needed to be longer. But I liked it for wha...more
Why I picked it up: YALSA Challenge

The cheerleaders and the robotics team become unlikely allies when both of their funding is cut from the high school.

I liked it. A lot. The main character is the star of the basketball team and I like how he & the robotics president are friends despite their different social circles. Sure, they are neighbors, but you can tell that while that may be the original basis, they like each other. Stereotypes of school archetypes are here but there are some unexpec...more
David Schaafsma
Cheerleaders vs Robotics club. Robots! What's not to like? YA, high school story, with a little kid divorce complexity… Okay, the story is not that deep, but the energy and maybe especially the Faith Hicks drawings make this go!
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